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Some organisations are inextricably linked with the history of the area and when it comes to the Rotary Club of Howick this is certainly the case. Instrumental in the support of the Howick Historical Village since its inception, the club has been com- mitted to keeping local history alive, says Howick Rotary president, Colin Monk. "In a way you could say we've been involved with the community long before 1961, when Howick Rotary was first chartered. "Many members are keenly inter- ested in our history, and we've always had someone involved with the His- torical Village. It's an important part of our heritage and we offer it as much support as we can," he says. "I think it's the best thing that's ever happened in this area; it's a great place to visit and a wonderful attraction for overseas visitors." While efforts to preserve the area's heritage are important, Colin says assisting in the development of tomor- row's leaders is Rotary's primary concern, as evidenced by the organisa- tion's numerous youth-orientated pro- grammes. "One of our sections, New Genera- tions, is focused exclusively on youth. It helps fund and support youth activi- ties, primarily with the assistance of our assigned high school, Howick Col- lege. We work closely with the school, providing money for worthwhile pro- grammes." Rotary also lends assistance to inter- national student exchange opportu- nities [Rotary International Youth Exchange]. Colin says the programme not only benefits those who travel, but also the community. "Travel definitely broadens the mind and it works both ways; those who travel learn about other cultures and bring that knowledge back, and people in our area also learn from those who come to stay. It s about giving young people a more varied world view so they can better succeed in our modern, global society." This year, Howick Rotary plans to introduce a scholarship for Year 9 stu- dents to assist with course costs. "College principal, Iva Ropati approached us for support and we were happy to help. We will provide $3000 for the scholarship to be spread amongst students. "It's just one more way we can help ensure the best and brightest remain part of our community." Rotary also sponsors participants on the Spirit of Adventure and Outward Bound courses. "They're both very well known pro- grammes that concentrate on building invaluable leadership skills. "We're always interested in anything that will ensure our area is in the capa- ble hands of responsible young lead- ers." Beyond the limits of the Howick region, Rotary benefits from the assist- ance of a wider network of clubs. "Although our club focuses on help- ing the people of Howick, we work closely with other Rotary organisa- tions, particularly those nearby, from Pakuranga, Half Moon Bay, and Somerville," Colin says. "And we're all involved in a multi- tude of projects which assist all quarters of the community as well as overseas. "Locally, the area has changed a lot over the years and we are changing to reflect this. "We're trying to encourage youth membership from all backgrounds to ensure Rotary is truly representative of the community we serve, now and into the future." 14 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times --- Celebrating 40 Years, 2012 www.times.co.nz If you want to play a part in Rotary activities call Rob on 534 1337 or visit www.howickrotary.org.nz Howick Rotary -- Want to play a part? Howick Rotary has been supporting your community for more than 50 years. There are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. Over 300 of these are right here in your community, working on making your neighbourhood a better place, while having loads of fun together. As one of the largest humanitarian organisations in the world, Rotary makes a difference because we make things happen both locally and globally. Rotarians are people just like you and me. Rotary is non-political, non-religious and open to all people 18 years plus. Rotary annual yacht regatta Rotarians helping at Red Nose Day Mangemangeroa walkway project Building homes for the needy in Fiji Bookarama Rotarians having fun helping others 117616-V2 David Fels Showcase Jeweller 53 Picton Street, Howick. Ph 537 2347 email@example.com 119947 We are very excited to announce the introduction of to Howick. This dazzling collection will captivate your imagination. Hand-crafted with silver, mixed metals, intricate patterning and semi-precious stones the designs are timeless and elegant. 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After finishing school, John offered David an apprenticeship which then led to a permanent position where he learnt the jewellery trade over 12 years. David says it was a spontane- ous decision. "I was offered the opportunity straight out of school and I really enjoyed it so I thought 'why not'?" Moving on to bigger things in Mt Eden, David then spent nearly a decade with the House of Bond, a major importer and wholesaler to the jewellery industry. Working along- side the owner Ian Bond, he assisted with the establishment of a manufac- turing and export division -- making the daily commute from the family home in Bucklands Beach. The father of two then decided to venture out on his own. This led to the birth of David Fels Gemtime Jeweller which opened doors to the public in 1991. Originally located in the former Howickville, now known as The Terraces, the shop thrived under David's direction, and in 2000, he made the move to the main shopping hub on Picton Street. "From the out- set a good advertising relationship with the Times helped establish my business and has ensured the shop remains well-known." In March 2011 the Gemtime Jeweller franchises were merged into the Showcase Jeweller group which is one of the largest Australa- sian Jewellery groups with over 250 stores. This move has given David's clients the benefits of increased buying and market- ing power. For more than 20 years, David, who now lives in Flat- bush, has been serving the com- munity through his work as a jeweller. He says he has seen Howick change dramatically but some things have remained the same. "I like that Howick is still very much a specific area and has managed to retain an identity of its own in spite of the changes. And I love the beaches and the environment -- it has always felt like a real community." While priorities in life have changed -- his two children have flown the nest -- the busi- ness continues to be a big part of David's life and a source of satisfaction. "There's something really satisfy- ing about working with metal and shaping it into something beautiful. And being able to create something people envision in their minds gives me so much pleasure." Also an active member of the Rotary Club of Howick, David believes integrity, trust and build- ing relationships with people are the foundations of his business. "Integrity is extremely important to us -- we have to establish rapport with our clients in order for them to trust us." Howick -- a valued 'gem' David Fels -- 21 years a Howick retailer. Rotary moves with the Times Howick Rotarians are involved in a myriad of community projects such as Mangemangeroa planting, youth programmes, building projects overseas, elderly support and much more.
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